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Spinner Dolphin

Stenella longirostris


Dolphins surfing and jumping the waves generated by a ship (fast-moving creatures!). I know these are dolphins but am not sure what kind.


Ocean. Seen off the coast of Cuba. (The location map will not take the vague "off the coast of Cuba" so I entered it as Cuba; if this can be corrected, please advise). Photographed from the deck of a ship.


I realize the rules for posting call for pictures of an individual but it is very hard to pinpoint one individual in a pod of dolphins. I wanted the spotting to also be about the dolphin's behavior as they surfed and jumped the waves. If I am in violation of the posting rules by posting more than one individual, please let me know and I will remove the posting.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago
Spinner Dolphin
Stenella longirostris Spinner dolphin

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I'd like to visit Cuba and see these amazing dolphins in the sea !

Desmond.E.S.O 7 years ago

Yes, that's definitely a spinner dolphin. Great photos though!

M.A. Orendan
M.A. Orendan 7 years ago

Very nice!

Nacho Garcia
Nacho Garcia 7 years ago


Love this series!

Awesome !

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Beautiful series, Elaine! It is perfectly acceptable to post spottings with more than one individual. The concern is that no more than one species (if possible) be put in a spotting unless they are interacting or very close.

Hi Elaine, nice shots. To correct the map position, go into "Edit this spotting" then left click and hold the pin to move it and drop it in the right place. On land you can use the zoom tool to drop it in a precise location, within a few feet.

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

You're welcome!
I also saw these guys in Hawaii. I guess in your case the subspecies must be: Central American or Costa Rican spinner dolphin (S. l. centroamericana).

ElaineWebb 7 years ago

Spinner Dolphin would make sense; they did a lot of spinning and twisting in the air....very acrobatic critters! Thank you, Marta RubioTexeira!

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Look like beautiful spinners to me :-)

ElaineWebb 7 years ago

Thank you, JoshuaGSmith; I had tried to id it with my Audobon guide but that didn't work out too well...

JoshuaGSmith 7 years ago

This might be Short-beaked Common Dolphin.

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 9, 2015
Submitted on Feb 21, 2015

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